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#3 Monarch - Canoe Pack
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#3 Monarch - Canoe Pack

Made in America
9 Review(s)
We have taken our time-tested materials and craftsmanship and combined them with modern innovations to build the ultimate classic canoe pack. Made in Olive Drab or Waxed Canvas. All other colors made to order.

  • Ultra burly 15-ounce canvas construction with removable waist belt.
  • Clip-on sternum strap to help alleviate shifting of shoulder straps.
  • Soft padded leather shoulder straps riveted for extra reinforcement.
  • Large main compartment with three built in slash pockets and one deep tarp/sleeping pad sleeve to help cushion your back.
  • Side pockets provide quick access to everyday necessities.
  • Rides low to allow the carrying of a canoe while also wearing the pack.
  • Each pack comes with a heavy duty 6ml poly liner and a tumpline.
  • Guaranteed for life. Made in the USA.
SKU: S-315-

Availability: In stock

Customer Reviews (9)
Outstanding pack
Picked up my new pack at the Duluth store the night before my BWCA trip (thank you to the online ordering staff and store staff for setting aside the pack for me). Proceeded to load all my gear in it and found I had plenty of room. Next day entered the BWCA and proceeded to put my pack on (first time) with my 60 lbs canoe on my shoulders and found the fit of the pack wonderful as well as the comfort - WOW, should have done this years ago. Thank you Duluth pack for helping with a great BWCA experience! Review by JohnnyG (Posted on 6/22/2016)
Best all-around pack
I have owned this incredible pack for over 10 years. it has been an indispensable companion on over 20 canoe trips and the occasional camping trip. Despite miles and miles of wear, wind, rain, sun, mud, mosquitoes, sand and grit in the bottom of the canoe, it still holds up remarkably well with little more than softer leather and naturally faded canvas to show for it.

The benefits of this design are many,. The side pockets allow for convenient access to the necessary extras on wilderness trips, such as rain gear, sandals, an extra layer, hats, or rope. The padded shoulder straps, chest strap, and waistband allow comfortable portaging of heavier loads that sit conveniently on the hips. The map case clips and matching map case are a fun added bonus, and for those who navigate by map in a canoe, the case swings easily over a thwart while still attached to the pack for on-the-water reading.

I cannot recommend this pack enough! You will not be disappointed!
Review by John S. H. (Posted on 7/18/2010)
Four trips this year already and this pack has it all. I purchased more than just a canoe pack; I purchased a heirloom. Thank you. Review by jim (Posted on 7/15/2010)
Very Happy
THis is the most durable pack you can find. I am an avid BWCA, doing about 2-3 week long trips a year, averaging about 20 miles a trip. I love this pack. When portaging, you do not have to worry about this pack ripping while laying it on the rocks. I use this pack to also hang my food up in at night. The straps are more durable than other brands. I would recommend this to anyone. I also plan to pass this pack down to my children when I retire the BWCA. Review by dumber6 (Posted on 7/15/2010)
Best of all Packs!
I also own a Hudson Pack but love the side pockets on this pack. i strongly recommend owning this pack. Review by c.carver (Posted on 7/15/2010)
story of my life
I have wide shoulders, and this pack has a narrow shoulder strap base. Hopefully they can widen them for me. Review by Adam (Posted on 3/26/2010)
Time Tested
There's a reason why this basic design has been around well over 100 years. Size, durability, comfort are why. I have used various methods of packing on BWCA trips and this is the best. Have take my #4 Monarch on 6 canoe trips and other than a little sun fading (patina) it is like new. Worth the money for a family heirloom quality pack. I am certain mine will be handed down someday.
Review by Rich (Posted on 1/8/2009)
Monarch=Great Pack
I am a third generation Duluth Pack owner, and the Monarch #4 is the newest addition to our arsenal. It is a great pack that can hold just about anything you might need for a long canoe trip.
The padded leather straps on the Monarch makes it a comfortable carry the very first time out. Standard straps have a break in period of a few trips...not so with the Monarch.
The one criticism I have of the Monarch #4 is its dimensions. When it is FULLY LOADED, the dimensions are such that it needs to be rotated as it is loaded into a Grumman 17ft standard. This makes it a little awkward to quickly load/unload, but the comfort and capacity make up for it.

P.S.- My younger brother (15 at the time) carried the Monarch #4 loaded with ~80lbs of food and cooking gear across a >300 rod portage. No complaining the whole way!
Review by Caleb (Posted on 11/28/2008)
Functional, Durable, Reparable
Although I grew up canoeing in the Pacific North West, I now live in China and do research in the Himalaya and Central Asia. There are a few key reasons I chose the Monarch #4 as my standard expedition pack.

1. Durable. Modern plastic materials are not suitable to high alpine deserts and gritty rough conditions which abraid easily, neutralizing their advantage in water resistance. The heavy duty canvas of the Monarch is perfect for resisting the dirt and grit.

2. Repairable. Most packs made from various synthetic materials, especially ones designed for waterproofing, are rendered useless after a single tear or hole, since stitching further perforates the shell, and adhesive patches inevitably peel off. I can patch my monarch pack (for instance, after it fell off a jeep in the Kashmir) with a sewing kit and whatever heavy canvas I find locally, meaning it is as good as new in no time.

3. Functional. I carry a lot of different kinds of gear, so the extra pockets help for keeping it separate. The box construction also makes it easy to store large bulky clothing. In the Taklamakan desert temperatures can vary wildly requiring large amounts of clothing, which fit easily into the large section. It is just as easily filled with large waterproof stuff-sacks for wet environments. The heavy materials mean it effortlessly holds up even when heavily weighted down.

4. Comfort. The waist band is pretty useless, so you won't be able to carry the weight on your hips, but the straps are comfortable, and the back, with no frame, is very comfortable if you put something soft like a sweater lining the back.
Review by Austin Kramer (Posted on 3/3/2008)
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